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"Lemon Scented You" finds American Gods continuing to fill in its ambitious canvas while introducing a key character -- and making room for a rock legend.
THIS episode was the show I signed up for in American Gods, starting with that credit sequence that yes, apparently you've all seen, but it wasn't on the Starz screeners, so indulge me for a moment while I gush about it.
If you've never read Neil Gaiman's American Gods, or have chosen to wipe your mind of all its plot details, then Lemon Scented You offers what might be a much-needed glimpse at the big-picture hand.
Though we see an eye pop out in the wood, American Gods is keeping us in the dark as to what it is, for now.
American Gods showed what it can be when it can keep all its plates spinning at the same time.
As American Gods goes on, it seems to grow more and more confident in itself.
These moments and interactions provide stability in this fantastical America, and advance the plot to something that we can really sink our teeth into.
It all becomes easier to swallow if Fuller and company regard the originals as the mental junk food Wednesday implies they are.
A chilling look at the new gods, it's an action-packed whirlwind that puts each character to the test.
We're half way through the season now, but "Lemon Scented You" didn't feel as if it delivered to the level we've come to expect from American Gods.
American Gods continues to play around with some big ideas and visual moment, but episodes like this help make those ideas into a workable plot and a more tangible story line.
If you don't know the American Gods story, then "Lemon-Scented You" was the first episode that even attempted to explain anything to you.
There were still a lot of memorable elements and the introduction of Mr. World was a notable high point and excellent sequence, but the rest of the episode was a lot more forgettable.